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    Newbie to RBR

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    My name is John, lifelong New Englander, and I came across roadbikereview.com on a recent journey in doing some research for a new(ish) road bike. I've taken about a 10+ year hiatus to pursue mountain biking as my main form of solace. I'll be turning 50 next year, and I've got some life goals/pursuits that I want to reach and hopefully attain, and one of those is getting back on the tarmac.

    It seems like there's a great group of like-minded people on here who love to ride, and ride to live. That being said, I just wanted to say 'hello' and will be posting again in the near future.

    Cheers!

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    Hello, welcome to RBR

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    Welcome! Road biking is addictive. Glad you're back in the saddle!
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    Do you have a picture of your road bike to show by any chance?

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    Welcome to RBR JohnnyRider,
    ... your right in that we are all like minded people and enjoy riding our roads bikes, sharing our experiences as well as helping each other in some way....
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    Get out now ... while you still have your sanity.

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    I guess this place is...


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    What is your opinion on Pitbull pedals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post
    What is your opinion on Pitbull pedals?
    They're like tubeless disk breaks made of carbon fiber. The bees knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    do you have a picture of your road bike to show by any chance?
    NO!!!! Don't do it!!!!!!!!!
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    NO!!!! Don't do it!!!

    Haha .. sound advice, fair warning ⚠️

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyRider View Post
    Happy Holidays everyone!

    My name is John, lifelong New Englander, and I came across roadbikereview.com on a recent journey in doing some research for a new(ish) road bike. I've taken about a 10+ year hiatus to pursue mountain biking as my main form of solace. I'll be turning 50 next year, and I've got some life goals/pursuits that I want to reach and hopefully attain, and one of those is getting back on the tarmac.

    It seems like there's a great group of like-minded people on here who love to ride, and ride to live. That being said, I just wanted to say 'hello' and will be posting again in the near future.

    Cheers!
    I rode pretty difficult off-road until just a couple of years ago. Then became transfixed on the amount of miles and climbing again. In MTB you climb too steeply to get in many feet of altitude and you're going too slowly to get in any miles, so it makes it difficult to understand if you've been keeping up with yourself year to year.

    I'm 75 now and put in 4,500 miles this years despite having a lot of problems and missing out on several months of riding. I have over 200,000 feet of climbing for the year.

    In the last two years I've gotten as slow as a slug but perhaps that is turning around. I ride with the group again on Tuesday and was only a minute or two slower then them on a 40 miles r4ide with 3,700 feet of climbing with the steepest at 12%. Since I'm 6'4" and 185 lbs and ride extra large bikes I suppose that I may be coming back but slowly.

    In, 2009 I had a severe concussion and I STRONGLY advise that if you ride with a helmet that you wear the latest Bontrager Gel Cell helmets. Somewhere or another on the web I have a paper that shows that helmets do not have any effect on head injuries. But Trek's latest technology is actually supposed to be 48 times more effective at preventing concussion. Since the most dangerous thing to a bicyclist is a concussion anything that is designed specifically to prevent concussions are good.

    I went for 2 years without any real knowledge of who I was. Having almost continuous seizures etc. until my best friend - a Federal Investigator and his wife took me to a group Christmas Party. I had a full blown seizure thee and his wife, a nurse, knew what it was and they got me to a cancer specialist since they assumed that was what was causing them. They gave me a total check and then suggested a neurologist who had to treat it with pills. Expensive pills. So I have to take these for the rest of my life and this is why I really support the Bontrager brand helmet.

    In any case, the road is where it's at. Too bad that in California the roads are crumbling and the legislature is giving themselves raises. Petty quick we'll have to ride gravel bikes on the road. But the governor will have a lifetime pension the size of his working salary.

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    so now we know why......
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    so now we know why......
    I think its called 'stream of consciousness'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kunich View Post
    I rode pretty difficult off-road until just a couple of years ago. Then became transfixed on the amount of miles and climbing again. In MTB you climb too steeply to get in many feet of altitude and you're going too slowly to get in any miles, so it makes it difficult to understand if you've been keeping up with yourself year to year.

    I'm 75 now and put in 4,500 miles this years despite having a lot of problems and missing out on several months of riding. I have over 200,000 feet of climbing for the year.

    In the last two years I've gotten as slow as a slug but perhaps that is turning around. I ride with the group again on Tuesday and was only a minute or two slower then them on a 40 miles r4ide with 3,700 feet of climbing with the steepest at 12%. Since I'm 6'4" and 185 lbs and ride extra large bikes I suppose that I may be coming back but slowly.

    In, 2009 I had a severe concussion and I STRONGLY advise that if you ride with a helmet that you wear the latest Bontrager Gel Cell helmets. Somewhere or another on the web I have a paper that shows that helmets do not have any effect on head injuries. But Trek's latest technology is actually supposed to be 48 times more effective at preventing concussion. Since the most dangerous thing to a bicyclist is a concussion anything that is designed specifically to prevent concussions are good.

    I went for 2 years without any real knowledge of who I was. Having almost continuous seizures etc. until my best friend - a Federal Investigator and his wife took me to a group Christmas Party. I had a full blown seizure thee and his wife, a nurse, knew what it was and they got me to a cancer specialist since they assumed that was what was causing them. They gave me a total check and then suggested a neurologist who had to treat it with pills. Expensive pills. So I have to take these for the rest of my life and this is why I really support the Bontrager brand helmet.

    In any case, the road is where it's at. Too bad that in California the roads are crumbling and the legislature is giving themselves raises. Petty quick we'll have to ride gravel bikes on the road. But the governor will have a lifetime pension the size of his working salary.
    There goes the thread.
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    Are still talking frame materials?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Are still talking frame materials?
    I think Tom has a calling to hit every thread on these forums to make sure his "message" gets out there.
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    As The World Turns ; The plot thickens....
    Hmmm, just who exactly is this JohnnyRider ??


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    Quote Originally Posted by rudge66 View Post
    As The World Turns ; The plot thickens....
    Hmmm, just who exactly is this JohnnyRider ??
    A new member being given his initiation. If he's still sane by the time this thread reaches 50 posts, he's accepted!
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    @lombard
    Iím suspicious my friend , as things seem to have rapidly devolved.

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    [QUOTE=rudge66;5371201]As The World Turns ; The plot thickens....
    Hmmm, just who exactly is this JohnnyRider ??

    The Return of Assfos? Gee I miss him.

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    [QUOTE=Bill Dobie;5372155]
    Quote Originally Posted by rudge66 View Post
    As The World Turns ; The plot thickens....
    Hmmm, just who exactly is this JohnnyRider ??

    The Return of Assfos? Gee I miss him.
    Don't think so. JohnnyRider only posted once, then disappeared. If it had been ASFOS, he would have done many multiple posts. After ASFOS was banned, a guy named One-Old-Fart appeared and created many troll threads in a short amount of time. Many of us assumed it was ASFOS reborn. He was quickly banned. Too bad, I was having fun with him.
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    What would you consider too 'high' mileage on a used road bike?

    Happy New Year riders! I'm just getting back into somewhat of a routine after the holidays. Hope all of yours were nice...and wishing everyone health and prosperity in 2020!

    So, I've got my eye on a 2014 Trek Madone in what I would call VG/E condition. I've been going back and forth with my questions to the owner. He states that there's approximately 10-12K (2K/year) of miles on the rig.

    What are your thoughts on that mileage amount? Too much? Something to be concerned with (without the proper maintenance, of course)? It looks to be in great shape, no crashes or spills, and 'properly' maintained, according to him.
    Last edited by JohnnyRider; 01-13-2020 at 05:28 PM.

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    @JohnnyRider,
    I think youíre in the best position to answer this question.
    Youíre a big boy now, time to make some tough decisions on your own.
    Trust me you can do it ..
    we have faith in you.
    Last edited by rudge66; 01-13-2020 at 06:22 PM.

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    What components does it have? Like Dura-Ace 9000? Is cassette original, has the fellow changed chains, etc?

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